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Another one I have finished for my clubs N gauge layout Terminus station area....



Insides during construction...

Switches and multi pin sockets fitted



Birds nest wiring!




Finally all tided up!..



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Waton is controlled from a big black box that contains a number of modules.




The scenic part of the layout is controlled using pushbutton route selection controlled by an Arduino microprocessor system switching the DC feeds via relay modules.






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Here is the control panel used on Banks road Modern image,along with two track boosters...

The main control panel has been split into two parts for easy operations...


Left side for freight yard and branch line.


Right side for TMD,sidings and station...




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Hi all just thought i would add to this thread, what i wanted to achieve was to impose the whole track plan on to the control panel.

first i drew the track plan in anyrail, purchased a sheet of 10mm acrylic sheet and asked my local engraver to engrave the plan on to the acrylic sheet,

i then constructed the cabinet from mdf which i sprayed in black. 





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Herewith an offering for part of out club's O gauge layout. This is the outer circuit and features inclines at about 1:50 to the station at top right on the diagram.




The re-wiring is necessary to separate the DC section of the layout - not shown - from the digital section. The LEDs will show occupied sections and the banking loco movements will be semi automated using an NCE mini panel.


The control panel has 15mm birch ply sides and ends. The artwork was produced using Serif's DrawPlus to create a PDF file which was then printed onto a vinyl that was stuck onto a 1.5mm aluminium panel that was screwed to the plywood.


I tend to organise the wiring as I go as can be seen below.




The mini panel is on the left. MERG Train On Track Identity (ToTI) kits are on the left. There are three unused sections.




The "finished" version save for the MERG kit to supply the -5V/+5V DC supply for the ToTI kits. My wiring is generally a bit tidier but I've fitted plugs to connect the LEDs to the ToTIs and leaving the wiring a little looser will enable me move the plugs around if the need arises.


The control panel will be connected to the rest of the layout via wires yet to be soldered to the terminal strip.

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A couple of panels from Father's erstwhile Temple Meads layout, recently dismantled.


None of your new fangled technology here...


Main panel






And branch line sub panel





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Ah, a Scalespeed Controller...
I have a few of those still, they were the bee's knees at one time.   :sungum:

Though your's looks to be one of the later ones, I think I have Mk's 1, 2 & 3.  None have those arc markings.

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Here's an old panel which is still in operation for my Swiss S scale metre gauge railway:


Top view



Bottom view



It includes a built-in transistor speed controller, and a rotary switch with power resistors for lights brightness.


Here is the panel for my new HOm layout:


In development: top of panel



Underside of panel



Attached to the layout, undergoing testing. That accounts for only four panel fixing screws presently used!



Underside of the completed panel:



It looks messy until it is realised that I have included sufficient wire to enable the panel to be removed from the frame:










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This is my control panel for WESTMORE, nearing completion one of these days ! Perhaps I would go for DCC if I was starting again, but I like the levers and switches. Assistance appreciated from Modratec, Gaugemaster, MSE and others.





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I'm building my first big OO scale layout in a room which is 15'x8' and a folded 8 design


The trains will be DCC control but the points will be old style with a separate switch for each point.

I have a double crossing on one side where you can cross over to run from the Fiddle Yard round once and back in

When the top level is complete the trains will normally just pass on the outer tracks



The Control Panel is this using Fleischmann 6900 switches



The fiddle yard has a control panel



Because it has direct wires to each point there is less behind the panel


Fleischmann 6900 points are of a momentary contact type - changing the direction of the switch to it contacts at it's full movement and springs back slightly

The block at the bottom is the common return for the points


The advantage of old style is being able to change the points whilst running the train and not having to look at the DCC Controller

And I can just look at the panel and know which was the trains are routed without any lights




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This is the scenic control panel on Mosyn, built in 2013 to replace the original panel and integrate various upgrades.




The panel is made from 9mm ply with a laser cut 1mm steel sheet, overlaid with a printed and laminated layout diagram, into which all the switches and leds are mounted.

This construction method is similar to the fiddle yard panel and allows us to keep tabs on all the trains with magnetic strip markers.


The shelf that the panel is sitting on is bolted to the layout legs and also doubles as it's transport case as it slots over the panel and is held in place by a bolt at each end.


The main panel is basically a mirror of the Mostyn signal box panel as it was in 1977.

The two rows of switches at the top of the panel are additional to this and allow panel control of the points in the exchange sidings (these were hand thrown on the prototype). There is also a toggle switch to transfer control of these points to DCC (handset) control.


The white section on the left of the panel incorporates a Rramp Meter that displays output voltage and current load on the layout and two lines of red and green leds that show the state of each power district (clear or short circuit).


On the front of the box there are four Xpressnet sockets for handsets (5 pin din sockets) and the front of the Lenz LZV 100 command station.


On the top of the box is a length of track used as the programming track.




The upper compartment is accessed by opening the hinged steel panel and contains the wiring for points and signals and the 9x PSX circuit breakers that split the track power to the various power districts on the layout.




The lower compartment is a sliding tray that houses the mains power and three power supplies that feed the tortoise point motors, DCC and signals.

The incomming mains socket (kettle type) also incorporates an isolating switch.

Part of this power is rectified down to 12v dc to power two computer case fans in the rear of this compartment (unseen in the pic).

The fans were a necessary addition after we started using the panel as the lower compartment was getting very hot from the three power supplies.

the two holes in this shelf front allow hot air to exit the compartment and also give access to hidden switches that isolate two of the power supplies. The key switch on the front isolates the DCC output to the layout.


I designed the woodwork with Sketchup although now I use Fusion 360 as it is more advanced with much better options for outputting drawings etc.


Here is the working drawing for the scenic panel:



The fiddle yard panel has two angled faces, one for each fiddle yard (there are two). 


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